R5 Who Earns What?

Show Us the Money “What Do You Make?”


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Research by Peter Brancusi, Nicole Egan, Elizabeth Giordano,

Marisa Lascala, Kimberly Papa and Alison Pierce

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Photographs by John Fortunato


It’s a question that ranks right up there with such conversation-killers as “How much do you weigh?” and “How old are you?” It’s just not kosher to ask people about their paychecks. In fact, given what daytime talk-show guests routinely reveal to Jerry and Maury, salary might just be the last remaining taboo.


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But we know you’ve probably wondered what your neighbor the nurse, your pal the professor or your sister-in-law the systems analyst brings home. And, because as journalists, we have no qualms about appearing impolite, we took it upon ourselves to ask the hard questions. The result is our first “everything-you’ve-ever-wanted-to-know-about-who-makes-what-but-were-afraid-to-ask” survey of local salaries.


Just how did we get people to show us the money? It wasn’t easy. We pleaded, probed and generally made pests of ourselves working the phones, navigating the ’Net and pounding the pavement. We sent out tons of e-mails (and got one response) and dispatched our intrepid interns to local malls (much better response). Roughly 90 percent of the private individuals we approached flat-out turned us down (some more nicely than others). But the salaries for employees of the government and public school districts are a matter of public record. And the top five salaries (of at least $50,000) for publicly traded companies and nonprofits are revealed on previous tax filings, which are usually also available—unbeknownst to many of those  listed—on your friendly Internet.


The result of our efforts appears in these pages.


So what, you might ask, do we get paid for asking the tough questions? Not nearly enough—but hey, at least we don’t have to ask anyone about their sex life (yet).


-Regular People’s Paychecks-


What the man and woman on the street, actually, in stores, offices, and home offices make:


Adrienne Elia (Highland, NY)


Jurlique Wellness Spa Store, White Plains



Edward Egan (Yonkers)

Mail Handler

United States Postal Service, White Plains



Gregory Alan Cramer

Interior Designer, Gregory Alan Cramer Interior Design, Inc. and Forty-three Lawton Street Design, New Rochelle



Tonya Hall (Yonkers)

Sales Clerk 

A Pea in the Pod, White Plains



Ashley Southworth (White Plains)




James Zimmerman, PhD (Elmsford)

Clinical Psychologist

Average Cost Per Session:

   $160 – $200

Average Number of Clients:


-Mental Health-
What does a mental health practitioner in Westchester, one with an MD (i.e., a psychiatrist), earn? It depends—on the age of the patient. If your patients tend to be young, that is, if you’re a child psychiatrist, then you’re in great demand: There aren’t many of you in the county. Ergo, you can charge relatively high fees—

at least more than adult psychiatrists. (Surely, you’re familiar with the economic principle of supply and demand?) Psychiatrists, on average, earn from $125,000

to $250,000 a year. Child psychiatrists tend to earn on the higher end of that spectrum—adult psychiatrists on the lower end. And psychologists? About $76,000 a year.


Michael Ciulla (Bronxville)

Office Supervisor

Coca-Cola Enterprises, Hawthorne



Mike Manuele (Scarsdale)


Depot Cleaners, Scarsdale

$12/hr; $650/wk


Lauren Loeb (Ossining)

Graphic Designer

Goldman Sachs, Ossining


Ja-Ezuz Edwards (Valhalla)

Medical Assistant

Planned Parenthood, Greenburgh



Philip Bent (Scarsdale)

Sales Representative

Sunglass Hut, White Plains



Deirdre Kehayes (Yonkers)


Topps Pastry Shop, Bronxville



Jennifer LaSusa (Rye)

Accountant (2 days/week)

Rappaport Publishing, Manhattan



Marie Egan (Mahopac)

Customer Service Representative

Ford Credit, Tarrytown


John Hourican (Yonkers)


New York City Police Department, Manhattan



Claire Coupar (Pleasantville)

Sales Representative

Victoria’s Secret, White Plains



Antony Giordano (White Plains)

Math Tutor

Tutoring Club, Brewster



Meghan Brown (Yonkers)

Front Desk Receptionist Westchester Country Club, Rye



Alexa Kocinski (Purchase)


Gloria Jean’s Coffees, White Plains


Isidora Bologna (White Plains)


Turco’s, White Plains

$6.25/hr (1999)


John McGuirk

Assistant Manager

Consumer Opinion Center,

White Plains



Molly O’Gorman (Tarrytown)

Assistant Manager

Godiva, White Plains



Pete Egan (Mahopac)


The Journal News, Harrison



Chris York (Mahopac)

Assistant Manager

In Touch Wireless, White Plains


Marie Kittelstad (Yonkers)

Receptionist/Office Assistant

Law firm, White Plains

$8.50/hr (14 hours/week)


-Law & Salary-

According to FlipDog.com, the salary statistics database, the average Westchester attorney pulls in about $84,000. A typical New Rochelle lawyer earns about $85,323.


Marie Kittelstad (Yonkers)

Bagpipe Player

$2,000 (20 hours/year)


Amanda Grossman (Ardsley)

Catering Worker

Sam’s of Gedney Way and the White Plains Women’s Club, White Plains



Bayard Templeton (Bronxville)

Teaching Intern

Stanwich School, Greenwich, CT



Corey Patton (Yonkers)

Maintenance Worker

Theodore D. Young Community Center, Greenburgh



-Nannies, Au Pairs, Etc.-

Some parents would say an extra pair of hands is priceless (especially when one of their youngsters is smearing the peanut butter on the Oriental rug and another is in desperate need of a diaper change). But those who employ au pairs or nannies are legally obligated only to pay them a minimum weekly stipend of $139.05. “This figure, which is standard across the country, is established by the United States government,” explains Au Pair in America Community Counselor Paul Zwiren of Hartsdale. “It is calculated by multiplying the minimum wage times hours worked per week, minus the cost of room and board.”


Lauren Smith of South Africa receives a salary of $140 a week for helping take care of three children in Pelham Manor. “That’s what everyone in my neighborhood pays,” comments her employer Valerie Alley.


In addition to paying a weekly stipend, employers who hire through such agencies as Au Pair America also pay up-front fees of about $6,400, making the average weekly cost for an employer approximately $265.


-Notable Neighbors’ Earnings-


They’re famous and they bring

in the big bucks, too. Here’s

how much:


Susan Sarandon

(until recently of Pound Ridge)


$7-$8 million for Moonlight Mile (2002)


David Letterman (North Salem)

Talk Show Host, $31 million


Meredith Vieira (Irvington)

$4 million (2002-2003)


Paul O’Neill (Rye Brook)

Former Outfielder,

New York Yankees

$7,250,000 (2001)


Bill Clinton (Chappaqua)

speaker fees of $100,000 and up per engagement, plus $10 million advance for a book


Bernie Williams (Armonk)

Professional Baseball Player,

New York Yankees

$12,357,143 (2003)


-The Billionaires Among Us-


So, who in Westchester is worth ten figures? The following six county residents made it  onto the most recent list of billionaires in Forbes magazine’s annual salary survey:


George Soros


Hedge Fund Manager

$7 billion


Preston Tisch


Founder, Loews Corporation

$2.7 billion


Ralph Lauren

(Bedford and Pound Ridge)

Fashion Designer

$2.3 billion


David Rockefeller Sr.

(Sleepy Hollow)

$2.5 billion


Laurance Spelman Rockefeller

(Sleepy Hollow)

$1.5 billion


Jerome Kohlberg Jr.

(Mt. Kisco)

Retired, Private Finance

Industry Mogul

$1 billion

-Public Service Paychecks-


They work for us, right?

Here’s what we pay ’em:


Eliot Spitzer

Attorney General

(New York State)



Sue W. Kelly (Katonah)




Joseph Burton

Chief of Police in Ossining



Nita M. Lowey (Harrison)



Charles E. Schumer

U.S. Senator



Elaine Price

Consumer Protection Director

Westchester County



Hillary Rodham Clinton  (Chappaqua)

U.S. Senator



Anthony Sutton

Commissioner, Department of Emergency Services

Westchester County



Rocco A. Pozzi

Commissioner of Corrections

and Probations

Westchester County



Andrew J. Spano (Yorktown)

County Executive

Westchester County



Dr. Joshua Lipsman

Health Commissioner

Westchester County



Jeanine Pirro (Harrison)

District Attorney

Westchester County



David Herbert

Deputy District Attorney

Westchester County



Dr. Norman J. Jacknis

Chief Information Officer

Westchester County



Alison Greene

Human Rights Commissioner

Westchester County



Joseph Montalto


Playland Amusement Park



Camille F. Murphy

Director, Office for Women

Westchester County



Marlene Furtick

Youth Bureau Director

Westchester County



Jonathan Lippman

Supreme Court’s State Chief Administrative Judge



Joan O. Cooney (Mt. Pleasant)

Supervising Judge of

Family Court for the 9th

Judicial District



-Corporate Paychecks-


Big business means the big bucks (or as they say in corporate-speak, “compensation”). What do the suits conferencing in the corner office get paid to climb

the corporate ladder and market the widgets? (Hint: way more

than editors). Salaries include bonuses:


Mario J. Gabelli

Chairman, Chief Investment Officer and CEO

Gabelli Asset Management, Inc. Rye

$37,728,104 (2002)—down from $47.12 million in 2001


Richard H. Shuyler

Former CEO

Atlas Air, Purchase (a company spokesman reports company filed for Chapter 11)

$467,950 (2001)—down from $5,687,549 (2000)


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